The Ages of BAR
The publication of unprovenanced objects from private collections simultaneously accomplished several things. It situated BAR as a source of primary data, presented by scholars without any of the usual controls on the authenticity of materials and quality of analysis, such as peer review, presentation at scholarly conferences (whose sponsoring organizations are usually bound to reject such objects), and dialogues in scholarly journals.
By Alexander H. Joffe
Archaeologist and Historian.
An earlier essay was published by Jim West and received a reply from the magazine's editor, Hershel Shanks.